Mike Adams probably had a shot as getting a contract extension from the Texas Rangers had he not gotten hurt. Unfortunately, the dominant set-up man developed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and had to undergo surgery this offseason. The Rangers did not offer him and contract, and Adams is now a free agent. Yet, he is drawing interest from teams this winter.
ESPN's Jayson Stark says Adams is expected to be fine and is starting to gain traction on the free agent market this offseason.
Market building for RHP Mike Adams. Had same Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery as Matt Harrison, w/ same doc. Teams told he'll be fine by Feb
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 5, 2012
Adams is 34 years old and has pitched in the league for eight years. He has been with three different teams, spending the most time in San Diego. He spent the last season and a half in Texas after being traded by the Padres in 2011.
With San Diego, Adams developed himself into one of the game's most premier set-up men. He posted an insane 1.66 ERA in his 3 1/2 seasons with the Padres. We was dominant with the Rangers, posting a 2.88 ERA in his time with them. However, the injury is concerning.
Adams started losing velocity on his pitches and losing feeling in his fingers. He couldn't execute his pitches as well as he used to. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is essentially a nerve impingement. The surgery to release the nerve was successful, and if he is healthy next season, he could be a bargain for some team.
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